While many people associate braces with pre-teens or teenagers, the reality is that you can straighten your smile at any stage of life. Quite often, when patients think of orthodontic therapy, they think of it as a way to get a beautiful looking smile, and that is an important motivator for beginning treatment. Most often though, orthodontic treatment is recommended to correct problems with the way your teeth bite together.
Some patients develop problems with their bite between the ages of 8 and 14, as their adult teeth grow into place, but others may not have problems until later in life. As we age, our teeth tend to drift forward in the mouth, causing crowding of the teeth and leading to other problems such as periodontal disease, chipped or cracked teeth, or excessive wear where the teeth come together. At Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry, Dr. Rivard is proud to offer Invisalign® clear aligner therapy as a treatment option for our patients of all ages in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Invisalign is a great choice for patients who are searching for a more discreet orthodontic treatment option for straightening their smile and correcting their bite. Rather than using metal brackets and wires like traditional braces, the Invisalign system uses a series of custom-made, computer-generated plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. Each set of aligners is designed to make small changes to the positioning of the teeth. As you switch sets of aligners about every two weeks, your teeth will gradually and gently move to their proper positions. You will also visit our office on a regular basis during treatment to make certain that your smile is progressing as planned.
In general, Invisalign can be used to treat the same orthodontic issues that are normally treated with braces. Our dentist may recommend Invisalign to correct:
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Other problems with the bite, such as an overbite, open bite, underbite, or crossbite
During your initial visit, we will determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign®. This treatment is often an excellent choice for adult patients and others who are interested in a virtually invisible orthodontic treatment. In addition to being discreet, Invisalign® aligners are also very comfortable because they are custom made from smooth, thin plastic. The aligners are removable as well, which allows you to easily take them out as needed to eat, brush and floss. We invite you to call or visit us today to learn more about Invisalign® and whether or not your smile and your long-term dental health could be improved through this treatment.